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Balloon Boy: Full Of Hot Air

Submitted by on October 16, 2009 – 9:44 am3 Comments
FalconHeene460_1503222cFalcon Heene was found hiding in a box in a space above the garage Photo: AP

Falcon Heene’s disappearance from his home in Colorado generated huge media interest in the United States yesterday afternoon.

The unfolding drama was broadcast live on television with millions glued to the news as the balloon floated for 50 miles before it came to rest in a field, where several paramedics and rescue teams pounced on the craft.

Falcon was found not to be inside the balloon and, two hours later, he was discovered safe and well hiding the garage of his home.

During a  CNN interview with the family, Falcon was asked by his father Richard why he did not come out of the attic despite his parents repeatedly calling his name.

Falcon appears to answer: “You guys said that … we did this for the show“.

CNN interviewer Wolf Blitzer later asked Richard Heene what his son had meant.

After a long delay, Mr Heene replied: “I can see the direction you guys are hedging on this,” he said.

I’m kind of appalled after all the feelings that I went through…that you guys are trying to suggest something else.”

He further explained that Falcon’s use of the word “show” was some reference to the family’s appearance on ABC’s Wife Swap program.

Despite Mr Heene’s denial, Falcon’s comment set the internet ablaze with speculation that the entire episode was a hoax.

Mr Heene maintained that he did not know his son was safe during the drama, saying the incident occurred when after he scolded Falcon for getting inside a compartment on the craft.

He said Falcon’s brother saw him inside the compartment and that’s why they thought he was aboard the balloon when it launched.

But the boy had fled to the garage, climbing a pole into the rafters and hiding in a cardboard box.

“I yelled at him. I’m really sorry I yelled at him,” Mr Heene said, choking up and hugging Falcon to him during a news conference.

“I was in the attic and he scared me because he yelled at me,” Falcon said. “That’s why I went in the attic.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how one family wasted 2 million dollars in tax payer money.

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